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Is Medication Really the Root of Racing's Problems?

Uniformity in equine drug-testing and medication use won't come easy if comments made by panelists at the University of Florida's Equine Medical Symposium are any indication. If anything, the March 15 discussion revealed splits within the racing industry and brought up the question as to whether medication is really the root of the industry's problems.

Saarland, Mayakovsky Make 2002 Debuts in Gotham

Bettors at Aqueduct on Sunday will basically be clueless when it comes to wagering on the one-mile Gotham Stakes. The two overwhelming favorites in the field of seven, Saarland and Mayakovsky, not only will be making their first start of the year, they have absolutely nothing in common.

N.C. Horseman Herbert Turner Dead

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Herbert L. Turner, an avid owner and breeder in North Carolina, died March 8 at the age of 72 in Winston-Salem due to a heart ailment.

Congressional Report Details Lundy's Pardon Attempt

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A report released Thursday by the federal House Committee on Government Reform details a scheme by former Calumet Farms president J. T. Lundy to secretly share profits from a Venezuelan coal deal with President Clinton's half-brother in an effort to secure a pardon.

Swale Draws Five Sprinters

A field of five will contest the seven-furlong, $150,000 Swale Stakes on the Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

Denon Heads San Luis Rey Field

Denon, who will try to deliver yet another graded stakes win to conditioner Bobby Frankel, will carry highweight of 118 into Saturday's running of the $250,000 San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita.

Oaklawn Park Raises Purses a Third Time

As Oaklawn Park prepares to enter the heart of its winter-spring season, the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack announced a third purse increase, effective March 16.

NTRA Board Approves 2002 Budget of $59.3 Million

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's board of directors approved a combined NTRA/Breeders' Cup operating budget of $59.3 million for 2002 during a regularly scheduled meeting at Gulfstream Park in Florida on Thursday.

Descapate Tough Chalk in Oaklawn B.C.

Trainer Steve Asmussen will saddle the favorite, Descapate, in Saturday's $100,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Handicap at Oaklawn Park, which serves as a major prep for fillies and mares pointing toward the 1 1/16 mile Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) on April 6.

Therapeutic Medications in Spotlight Once Again

As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force prepared to release the results of round two of its super-testing program, the University of Florida appropriately kicked off its first Equine Medical Symposium March 14 with discussion on some therapeutic medications.

Invisible Ink Second in 4-year-old Debut

Invisible Ink finished a good second in his 4-year-old debut, rallying to finish 4 3/4 lengths behind He's a Knockout in a $40,000 allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday.

Warners, Quest Star Entered in Ocala Stakes Races

Triple Crown nominees Warners and Quest Star are entered in separate stakes races on Monday's Ocala Breeders Sales Company's six-race card. Warners, who sold for just over $1 million at the March 2001 2-year-old sale, will make is sophomore debut in the OBS Sprint Stakes, while $150,000 purchase Quest Star goes in the 1 1/16-mile OBS Championship Stakes.

Favored He's a Knockout Spoils Invisible Ink's Return

Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Invisible Ink finished second in his 4-year-old debut Wednesday at Gulfstream Park. Invisible Ink finished 4 3/4 lengths behind 9-5 favorite He's a Knockout in the seven-furlong optional claiming/allowance race.

Unbeaten Belterra Heads Bonnie Miss

Robert T. Manfuso's unbeaten Belterra, a graded stakes winner as a 2-year-old last year, makes her 2002 debut against five rivals in Friday's $250,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II).

English Stallion Bien Bien Dies

Bien Bien, a $2.3 million earner and sire of millionaire Bienamado, died of a heart attack immediately after covering a mare the morning of March 12 at Kirtlington Stud in England.

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